Gareth Williams dominated his division at the NorAm-Buff Sprints Western Championships last weekend.

Triple win for Williams at westerns

Telemark skier cleans up at NorAm cross country races near Prince George

Gareth Williams returned from Europe in top form to win all three races at the Haywood NorAm-Buff Sprints Western Championships last weekend at the Otway Nordic Centre in Prince George.

The 18-year-old member of the Telemark nordic cross country team competed earlier this month at both German national championships and a Continental Cup in Switzerland.

Williams started his winning streak at westerns in the junior men’s 10 km skate race, winning by a commanding 28 seconds over Canmore Alberta’s Eric Bryne.

The following day, Williams won the 800m Buff Sprints against five of the best racers from B.C. Alberta and the Yukon by 0.56 seconds.

On Sunday, Williams faced rival Caelan McLean of Whitehorse in the Mass Start Classic Race. Williams proved to be the stronger racer over the final three laps to ultimately win the 20 km race by just over a minute.

David Walker, also in the junior men’s division, took sixth in the Friday’s skate race. He ended his weekend with a fifth place in the 20 km classic race.

Ben Shipley started the Western Championships off with a bronze medal performance in the Interval Start Skate Race. He covered the Juvenile 2000 Boys 3.75 km course in 9:31.5, finishing 44 seconds back of Remi Drolet of Rossland.  Matt Shipley finished sixth and Ian Williams took 13th.

In Saturday’s Buff Sprint 800m, Ian Williams won the B final to take seventh overall,

while Ben Shipley was 10th and Matt Shipley 11th.

Sunday’s 10km Classic Mass start race saw Matt Shipley take 10th, Ben Shipley 8th, and Ian Williams take 5th, with only a 15 second gap to a bronze medal.

Testing their abilities at their first westerns were Gregor Graham, Connor Hobbs, Tristan Lee, Ian Mayer, and Grayson McKinnon.

Graham and Mayer raced in the 2003 Midget Boys division where on opening day Graham took 4th place in the 3.75km Skate race and Mayer 11th.

Graham then earned two silver medals over the next two days, taking second in the 1.1km sprint, and second in Sunday’s mass start race.

Mayer raced to an impressive fifth place in both the sprint and classic race.

In the 2002 Midget boys division, Hobbs took 6th in all his events, McKinnon was 7th the first two days and 8th in Sunday’s 5km Classic race.  Lee finished 9th, 8th, and 7th place in his events.

These three Telemark Racers have joined teammates Carter Fortney and Michelle Kraetzer to represent their club and zone at the B.C. Winter Games in Penticton.

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Vernon Search and Rescue’s helicopter winch team aids woman in medical distress

Woman airlifted from mountainous terrain near Coldstream Sunday

Storm wreaks havoc in Kelowna

Bush fire sparked near Belgo Road

Last weekend of June in your words

We have compiled a community photo album of how you spend your weekend in Kelowna

UPDATE: Missing dog from high velocity Kelowna car crash found

Jewels is recovering in the comfort of her home

Kelowna’s Boucherie Grind sweats for a cause

The event exceeded it’s fundraising goal

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

Penticton Fire Department called out for early morning fire at the Cannery Trade Centre

Fire at the heritage building was contained by firefighters

Kamloops Fire Centre reports 3 new fires in area, all lightning-sparked

Includes a 0.3-ha. fire east of Penticton, 0.01-ha. fire by Merritt and a 1.77-ha. fire near Lytton

Reel Reviews: Playing Tag with the Incredibles

The conclusion: “Both these movies are exactly what you’d expect.”

Man shot dead in Surrey ID’d as hockey coach and father of two

Murder of Paul Bennett – a respected Peace Arch Hospital worker and ‘champion of sport’ – ‘not random’

Mabel Lake Road roll over claims life

Armstrong man died in hospital after single vehicle roll over June 18

Thunder, strong winds possible for Okanagan

Environment Canada released the special weather statement Sunday afternoon

Canadian Syrian children’s choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel

Many kids are recent immigrants from countries covered by Trump travel ban

Most Read